My Negara Ku
I've had a problem with this for a very long time. Actually since my eldest started primary school.
No, not a problem with our national anthem, but with people not singing it when they should be. Oh. I am not making a judgement here of people who do not like to or simply do not sing Negara Ku.
I am not questioning their patriotism at all.
Just because I like singing the national anthem does not make me more patriotic than the person beside me who isn't singing it.
I am just curious. Wondering aloud, if I may.
Perhaps, it makes me feel the odd-one-out, as the only adult (almost always) in the crowd, singing the national anthem.
It must have been 11 years ago that I began noticing that people didn't really sing the national anthem when it was being played.
I remember I was about the only parent singing it during morning assembly at my son's primary school.
It was the school's Monday morning ritual to have the anthem played.
The children, would, of course, be singing. But not the adults. And I mean parents as well as teachers.
Is it because they did not know the words? I doubt that very much.
Shyness? But, why shy? Or, they don't much care?
Then, I began to really be observant whenever the national anthem was being played during functions.
And I notice that Malaysian adults don't really sing (out loud) the national anthem.
Oh, yeah.... they mouth it. But they don't sing it.
I think it's not just shyness. It's laziness because the anthem is usually played accompanied by a choir and it saves them from having to sing.
And they are quite happy not singing it. You know-lah, Malaysians. Always shy.
So, what they do is open and close their mouths, pretending to sing it.
Also, perhaps, having to stand for a full five to seven minutes is tiring enough. So, singing is asking a bit much. You reckon?
Why have I brought up this subject?
Well, I was at a launching of a building two days ago and, yes you've guessed it -- Negara Ku was played and everybody, of course, stood up.
And, as I had expected, I couldn't hear voices singing. I could hear mine and my friend Shue's.
But not the rest of the guests'.
The next time you are at an event where Negara Ku is being played, just listen. And you will not hear.